David H. Kauffman is one of the most recognized and experienced lawyers in his field in Canada. He acts mainly in transactions relating to construction, infrastructure and development projects. His practice encompasses project structuring, financing, licensing, tendering and contracting for major initiatives, such as university complexes, sports and entertainment facilities, industrial and pharmaceutical plants, natural resource conversion plants, refineries, airports, roadwork and civil engineering, pipelines as well as recreational and residential projects.
A seasoned litigator, Mr. Kauffman has represented clients before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the courts of Quebec. He was also involved in many mediation and arbitration proceedings in Canada and abroad. Mr. Kauffman is co-counsel to the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada and principal author of Document 31, a national form of Engineering Agreement between Client and Engineer and its Guide.
In addition, he authored, in 2008 The Construction Hypothec, a monograph published by Wilson & Lafleur which represents a comprehensive study of the construction lien system and related law governing the construction industry in the Province of Quebec, and an expanded treatise in 2015 entitled The Construction Hypothec: Insights into Quebec Lien and Construction Law.
Mr. Kauffman is consistently named as a leading practitioner in the field of construction law in various legal reviews and directories. He served as an auxiliary professor at the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering of McGill University from 1975 to 1994. He is the Québec editor since 1985 of Construction Law Reports (Carswell), a national review of Canadian jurisprudence. He is an original founder, a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers; and a former National President of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.